Smart home and commercial property inspectors are always looking for ways to use the latest technology to make their jobs safer and easier. Video drones would seem to be a no-brainer for inspecting roofs, as well as for getting a bird’s-eye view of landscaping and drainage, etc. But the FAA is poised to miss a deadline that’s a year away, unless some recently filed lawsuits prove to be game-changers. Read more about these issues in our new inspection article: Drones and Inspections.
Inspection article newly translated into Spanish: Equipamiento para Inspección de Viviendas (Home Inspection Equipment)September 9th, 2014
For Spanish-speaking members, read our article newly translated into Spanish that explains several different types of essential inspection tools that can make your job easier and safer: Equipamiento para Inspección de Viviendas.
Inspection article newly translated into Spanish: Ir Más Allá o No: Esa es la Cuestión (To Exceed or Not to Exceed: That Is the Question)September 5th, 2014
For Spanish-speaking members, this article explains some of the ramifications of ocasionally or even regularly exceeding InterNACHI’s Standards of Practice for Performing a General Home Inspection: Ir Más Allá o No: Esa es la Cuestión.
Ladder safety is essential for home inspectors on the job, and you may be surprised to learn that there’s a safer technique than the one you’re using. Read our new article to find out about it in Inspector Safety: Three-Point Control for Climbing Ladders.
The structural design of foundations for residential structures is a precise science that takes into account soil conditions, local climate, and building materials. Home inspectors can benefit by understanding some of the factors involved in making these calculations, as well as the diverse selection of foundation types, by reading our new article: Structural Design of Foundations for the Home Inspector.
To better understand the considerations for designing homes to withstand various stresses, such as live and dead loads, snow loads, and wind loads (especially in extreme weather conditions), read our new article: Structural Design Loads for the Home Inspector.
Ancient history holds much wisdom, even for inspectors trying to create new business. You may be surprised to discover that you needn’t look any further than your past clients. Read our new marketing article for inspectors: How to Quadruple Your Inspection Business in Two Years.
Home inspectors who inspect wood-frame construction can familiarize themselves with the design considerations used for creating such homes, especially with regard to live and dead loads, and how this common design handles wind stresses, in our new article: Structural Design Concepts for the Home Inspector.
Savvy home inspectors are always searching for ways to enhance their inspection reports–as well as the personalized home inspection experience–for their clients. Learn a simple tip that will have a ripple effect for your marketing in our new article: Three Photos Every Inspector Should Include at the End of the Report.
Although it’s common practice to use various building cavities within a house as supply- and return-air ducts, this can actually cause an HVAC system to work harder because these seemingly convenient locations are notoriously prone to leaks. Learn how this happens and what to advise your clients, especially those building new homes, in our new article: Building Cavities Used as Supply or Return Ducts.
Although inspecting household appliances falls outside InterNACHI’s Residential Standards of Practice, some state SOPs require it, and some InterNACHI members offer appliance inspection as a value-added aspect of their standard home inspections. Read about how a refrigerator operates, its different features, and how to inspect it: How to Inspect the Refrigerator.
InterNACHI has released a new course called “Home Inspection Business Course.” Read this article excerpted from the course that discusses the importance of creating a recognizable business identity that will help you stand out from the competition: Work on Branding Your Inspection Business.
Inspection article newly translated into Spanish: Envenenamiento con Monóxido de Carbono y Cómo Detectarlo (Carbon Monoxide Poisoning and Detectors)January 3rd, 2014
For Spanish-speaking members, post this InterNACHI article on your website, which has been newly translated into Spanish and explains the dangers of carbon monoxide and the importance of properly inspecting CO detectors: Envenenamiento con Monóxido de Carbono y Cómo Detectarlo (Carbon Monoxide Poisoning and Detectors).
As a home inspector, the product of your efforts is your inspection report. You spend a lot of time creating a report that your client will find useful, accurate, and easy to understand. You also probably spend a lot of time perfecting its format so that you can be both efficient and professional. But what happens when parties other than your clients rely on your previous reports? What should you do to protect your reputation and your livelihood? Read about some of these concerns and a few simple solutions you can use to make sure you’re paid for your services while preserving your product in What Happens When Your Inspection Report Gets Recycled?
One of the most difficult but essential tasks that all home inspectors need to do is figure out how much to charge. There are several factors that go into this magic number, but the formula is much more down to earth. Read our new article on Pricing and Billing for Home Inspectors for some basic tips on figuring out how to make a sustainable living at what you do.